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Torcon’s relationship with Seton Hall University began in 1985 with the construction of a new 500-student dormitory and a recreation center expansion to Walsh Gym. Over the years, Torcon has completed numerous other projects, including several residence facilities, a new academic building at the center of campus, and a parking garage. We were recently CM for an expansion program encompassing three simultaneous projects.

Aquinas Hall

An expansion and upgrade to an on-campus residential facility that includes a fourth floor overbuild to add 64 student beds; a 10,000 sq. ft., three-story addition with a new lobby, two elevators providing ADA access, and student lounges on each floor. The facility was upgraded with new windows and renovated bathrooms, corridors, and lounges.

Stafford Hall

The original Stafford Hall was built in 1863 and had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1889. After a second fire in 1909, the first floor was rebuilt and a peaked roof was placed over it, which resulted in a stunted version of the original structure.

Stafford was torn down and replaced with a new academic building designed in a style that complements its immediate neighbor, President’s Hall. The building is connected to President’s Hall and Marshall Hall on three levels and has elevator access, which was not available before in any of the buildings. The addition of the elevator allows all three structures to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act without requiring major alterations to the two historic structures.

The new three-story classroom building provides more classroom space, with twelve state-of-the-art classrooms, each with a capacity of 35 to 70 students.

Garage

A third project involved an expansion of the on-campus, Torcon-built parking deck. A five-story addition was completed over an existing tennis court, providing much-needed student parking space for 600 cars.

The new precast structure is connected to the existing parking facility at all levels and uses the existing facility’s entry/exit system and circulation ramps. The project was challenged by its logistics, including a very tight site, limited roadway access, and the presence of vulnerable underground utilities. Torcon phased the critical garage connections to occur during the summer to minimize the loss of parking spaces.

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Seton Hall University

Expansion and Renovation Projects

Torcon’s relationship with Seton Hall University began in 1985 with the construction of a new 500-student dormitory and a recreation center expansion to Walsh Gym. Over the years, Torcon has completed numerous other projects, including several residence facilities, a new academic building at the center of campus, and a parking garage. We were recently CM for an expansion program encompassing three simultaneous projects.

Aquinas Hall

An expansion and upgrade to an on-campus residential facility that includes a fourth floor overbuild to add 64 student beds; a 10,000 sq. ft., three-story addition with a new lobby, two elevators providing ADA access, and student lounges on each floor. The facility was upgraded with new windows and renovated bathrooms, corridors, and lounges.

Stafford Hall

The original Stafford Hall was built in 1863 and had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1889. After a second fire in 1909, the first floor was rebuilt and a peaked roof was placed over it, which resulted in a stunted version of the original structure.

Stafford was torn down and replaced with a new academic building designed in a style that complements its immediate neighbor, President’s Hall. The building is connected to President’s Hall and Marshall Hall on three levels and has elevator access, which was not available before in any of the buildings. The addition of the elevator allows all three structures to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act without requiring major alterations to the two historic structures.

The new three-story classroom building provides more classroom space, with twelve state-of-the-art classrooms, each with a capacity of 35 to 70 students.

Garage

A third project involved an expansion of the on-campus, Torcon-built parking deck. A five-story addition was completed over an existing tennis court, providing much-needed student parking space for 600 cars.

The new precast structure is connected to the existing parking facility at all levels and uses the existing facility’s entry/exit system and circulation ramps. The project was challenged by its logistics, including a very tight site, limited roadway access, and the presence of vulnerable underground utilities. Torcon phased the critical garage connections to occur during the summer to minimize the loss of parking spaces.

Project Details

Client
Seton Hall University
Location
South Orange, NJ
Architect
KSS Architects
Key Facts
Construction Management
Aquinas Hall — 108,000 sq. ft.
400 beds
Stafford Hall — 25,000 sq. ft
5 Story Garage Addition
600 cars
Aquinas Hall, residence hall at seton hall university exterior
Parking garage near athletic fields at seton hall university exterior of renovated stafford hall at seton hall university campus residential hall at seton hall university
exterior of renovated stafford hall at seton hall university entrance to aquinas hall residence hall state of the art classroom at seton hall university